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Johannesburg Branch Chairperson - Ian Ashmole

Ian has been a member of the SAIMM Johannesburg Branch committee since 2009. He was elected Vice Chairperson in 2011, and has been Chairperson since 2012. He also represents the SAIMM as an observer on the Council of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Ian started in the mining industry as a learner official with Rand Mines in 1985, and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1989. He worked at Durban Roodepoort Deep, Douglas Colliery, and Harmony Gold Mine before leaving Rand Mines in 1993 to take up the position of mine manager of a small gold mine on the East Rand.

Pretoria Branch Chair - Pierre Bredell

Pierre Bredell, Pr.Eng. - B.Eng.(Mining)

Pierre has been an active Mining Engineer since 1995. His early years were with Randfontein Estates Gold Mines and Centrocen Projects. In 2000, Pierre co-founded and developed LQS International, a geological and mining engineering consultancy with offices in Johannesburg, Perth, Vancouver, Santiago, and London.

Presidential Address 2015: Truth and Error in Scientific Publishing

Scientific progress relies on the publication of ideas and experimental results that can be replicated, tested,and improved over time.

The first printed book on metallurgy to have been published in Europe is considered to be De la Pirotechnia, written in Italian by Vannoccio Biringuccio, and published in Venice in 1540. Together with De Re Metallica, written by Georgius Agricola and published in Latin in 1556, this can be considered to mark the start of scientific and technical literature in this field. Scientific publishing of journal papers has been in existence for 350 years, since the world's oldest and longest-running scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, was first published in London in 1665.

SAIMM-YPC 2015 - Career Development in the Minerals Industry Dayevent

On 31 July 2015, the SAIMM Young Professionals Council (YPC) hosted the Career Development in the Minerals Industry event for final-year university students in mining and metallurgy, at Mintek in Randburg. The event was attended by students from the universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and South Africa.

The first Career Development in the Minerals Industry event, organized by the former Career Guidance and Education Committee of the SAIMM, took place in August 2013. This event was not held in 2014. The YPC, having taken over the mandate of promoting the interests of young people in the minerals industry (formerly assigned to the Career Guidance and Education Committee), took on the task of convening the event in 2015, as they considered it valuable for final-year university students.

The SAIMM Young Professionals Council (SAIMM-YPC)

The SAIMM recognizes the value that young professionals can contribute towards the Institute. On 12 September 2014, the Career Guidance and Education (CGE) committee held a workshop with the primary objective of convening an interim council of young professionals to:

REPORT BACK ON THE ITA 2015 GENERAL ASSEMBLY FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) held its forty-first annual meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 22 to 28 May 2015, in conjunction with the World Tunnel Congress 2015 ’Promoting Tunnelling in South East European Region’ organized by the ITA and the Croatian Association for Tunnelling and Underground Space.

Data Metallogenica

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AMIRA International is building Data Metallogenica (www.dmgeode.com) as a web-based not-for-profit global encyclopaedia of ore deposits for the mining industry and associated institutions. While it is still growing at a rapid rate, DM already contains quality technical information on over 5,000 mineral deposits of all kinds from around the world. It has been supported by over 150 mining & exploration companies, many geological surveys and many professional societies/associations.

ELECTRA MINING BOTSWANA - Industry and government support for Electra Mining Botswana

Leading local and international suppliers to the industrial and mining sectors will gain valuable exposure to the southern African mining market at Electra Mining Botswana 2015. Exhibitors at the show will have the opportunity to network with key decision-makers from Botswana’s growing industrial and mining sectors, position their company brand, grow their client base, and launch new products and services directly to their target market.

Obituary Joseph Lurie, 1929 to 2015

Jos Lurie, an honorary life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy passed away on Monday 27 April 2015 at the age of 86 after his fight with cancer.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa. providing updates on the progress of future, new and existing projects. Developments in mining legislation, policies, investments and infrastructure will be highlighted
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  • Risks linked to South Africa’s more ambitious decarbonisation pledge not yet ‘adequately ...
    Minerals Council South Africa has signalled its support for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy, but is concerned that the immediate risks associated with the country’s more ambitious decarbonisation targets are not being adequately addressed. CEO Roger Baxter told participants to a virtual Presidential Climate Commission dialogue on the just transition on Thursday that systemic policy interventions, and other support, were required to drive a “risk-managed decarbonisation journey for South Africa”.
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